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Reviews Revisited: Volume VI

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It’s time for Reviews Revisited, where I discuss what I now think about products I’ve previously reviewed.

Back in Fall 2012, I purchased a set of eight mini Fresh Sugar lip treatment balms from Sephora. The set included the six tinted balms that were available at the time (Petal and Cherry have been added; Coral is no longer available at Sephora, but is on the Fresh website) as well as two clear balms – the regular one and the advanced therapy one.

fresh sugar lip treatments

I didn’t really review these at the time – I just swatched them and noted that I didn’t find them to be particularly moisturizing as compared to some other favorites. I still agree with that assessment – in fact, I really think of these as sheer lip colors that as a bonus are a little bit moisturizing.  I do enjoy them as lip colors, and I continue to wear them regularly (except Plum, which is just too sheer for my tastes). I frequently reach for them on days when my lips are not in good condition, as they don’t cling to flakes or emphasize uneven texture. However, when my lips are in better condition, I usually prefer a different texture of lip product.  The Fresh balms are a bit too slippery, transfer too easily, and wear off too quickly to be something I really love all the time instead of something I like for certain occasions.

fresh sugar tinted lip treatment balm swatches

I even re-swatched them!

Fresh Sugar tinted balm swatches - Plum Berry Passion Coral Rose Honey

And without labels: Plum // Berry // Passion // Coral // Rose // Honey

Overall, if you like sheer, balmy lip colors or if you need something for flaky-lip days, I’d recommend these, with the caveat that they’re a bit overpriced for what they are.

Maybelline Color Tattoos

Another item I’ve written about several times are the Maybelline Color Tattoos (various reviews here). I’ve written about a couple different limited edition releases and I also own a few from the permanent line. You’d think that means I love them, but I really don’t – most of them are too sheer to work well alone, and all of them are too drying for me to wear as bases for powder shadow (I think they work a lot better on those with oilier skin).  I’ve sold several, but still have seven, which is too many.

Rimmel Show Off - Apocalips

I was so excited to try the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers (aka Apocalips) that I ignored common sense and bought five to try out instead of one.  Then, I’d made such an investment that I convinced myself I really liked them.  And, they are a good quality product – but I really dislike the scent, I almost never wear them. It’s not that I can’t stand them – it’s just easier to reach for another one of my liquid lipsticks that doesn’t have the fragrance problem.

Maybelline Summer 2013 Duochrome Color Tattoos: Swatches & Quick Review

Maybelline Summer 2013 Duochrome Color Tattoos

Top: Waves of White // Blue Paradise
Bottom: Cool Crush // Seashore Frosts

Among the many new limited edition items Maybelline has just released for Summer 2013 items are eight LE color tattoo eyeshadows. I purchased the four shades that appear to be duochromes.

Maybelline Waves of White

Waves of White is white with a very strong blue iridescence when applied.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Metals Review, Swatches, Photos

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metals - Inked in Pink, Silver Strike, Gold Rush; Barely Branded, Electric Blue

Inked in Pink, Silver Strike, Gold Rush;
Barely Branded, Electric Blue

Maybelline has just released five new “Metals” Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows, new for 2013.  I believe they are permanent – unlike last fall’s neutral color tattoos, they do not say limited edition anywhere on the display or the packaging.  They have been out in Canada for a little while, but are just hitting the US now.

Note: I can’t find a place to buy these online yet, but they’re listed at Target.com, which includes a tool to locate them at a store near you.

I think just about everyone reading this is familiar with Color Tattoos, so I’m going to move straight to the swatches!

Inked in Pink swatch

Inked in Pink

Inked in Pink is a medium toned pink with a slightly frosty finish. I know there is a UK shade called Pink Gold, so I was hoping this would have some gold reflection – but it definitely does not. The texture of this one is good, and it is fairly opaque (though it can easily be sheered out).

Silver Strike swatch

Silver Strike

Silver Strike is a very shimmery pale silver. It is a little bit gritty (due to all the shimmer), but still very blendable.  It is on the sheer side, and I don’t think it would be possible to get it to be fully opaque. I don’t love this one.

Gold Rush swatch

Gold Rush

Gold Rush is an extremely yellow gold.  It is very sparkly, and very gritty in texture. If you apply two layers, it bunches up – it works best as a sheer layer of sparkle.

Barely Branded swatch

Barely Branded

Barely Branded is a very creamy, shimmery beige.  It has the best texture of the five – very silky and smooth.  Please see below for a comparison to Barely Beige from last fall’s collection.

Electric Blue swatch

Electric Blue

Electric Blue is a smooth shimmery blackened blue. Like several of the colorful Color Tattoos, it can get patchy – the best way to get vivid color is to apply a thin layer, wait, then apply another thin layer.  It’s a really lovely shade, but I foresee the patchiness being hard to work with, so I plan to use this as a base rather than on its own.

The pink, silver, gold, and blue are all very different from any other Color Tattoos I own, but Barely Branded is quite similar to last fall’s Barely Beige.  Side by side, Barely Branded is the tiniest bit lighter and more yellow toned, while Barely Beige is a bit more neutral – perhaps with a tiny touch of pink.  They are identical in terms of texture and finish. I have a very slight preference for Barely Branded, but I doubt I could tell which was which unless I had both in front of me!

Barely Branded / Barely Beige

Barely Branded / Barely Beige

Will you be looking for or buying any of the new Color Tattoos?

Maybelline Gold Shimmer LE Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Maybelline Gold Shimmer Color Tattoo Eyeshadow - swatxh

Maybelline Gold Shimmer Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Yesterday, I swatched three of the new Maybelline limited edition color tattoo eyeshadows, which are part of the Fall 2012 Fashion Week lineup.  I was missing one shade, Gold Shimmer, and I found it today! I’m happy to report that (on first impression), it’s really lovely and probably my favorite color tattoo eyeshadow, out of all the LE and permanent shades.

It has one of the better textures of the Color Tattoos as well – creamy, and although I haven’t had a chance to try it out on my eyes yet, it doesn’t seem patchy.  It’s very similar in texture to Bad to the Bronze, if you own that one.

In terms of color, I would describe it as an antique gold.  When I first swatched it, I though it might be similar to the other metallic Color Tattoos, but it really isn’t at all; here it next to Bold Gold and Bad to the Bronze.

Bold Gold, Gold Shimmer, Bad to the Bronze - swatches - comparison

Bold Gold, Gold Shimmer, Bad to the Bronze – full sunlight

Maybelline Bold Gold, Gold Shimmer, Bad to the Bronze

Bold Gold, Gold Shimmer, Bad to the Bronze – flash

When editing photos, I though that it might be close to Urban Decay Smog – one of my favorite eyeshadows of all time – so I went back and swatched them together.  But, Smog is a little bit more brown, while Gold Shimmer has more gold in it.  They’re not that far off; I’ll probably try layering them at some point.

Maybelline Gold Shimmer, Urban Decay Smog

Maybelline Gold Shimmer, Urban Decay Smog

And here’s my happy little Maybelline Fashion Week Color Tattoo family – both pictures with flash, because the natural light versions did not turn out.

Maybelline LE Fashion Week Color Tattoo shadows

Maybelline LE Fashion Week Color Tattoo shadows

Swatches - Maybelline Barely Beige, Gold Shimmer, Rich Mahogany, Mossy Green

Maybelline Barely Beige, Gold Shimmer, Rich Mahogany, Mossy Green

And more exciting news! I purchased extras of all four shades, so I’m going to do a giveaway for a complete set of all four shades.  And, the giveaway is now open: go here to enter!

(And if you didn’t see yesterday’s post, click here for more information & swatches of the other three shades).

New LE Maybelline Neutral Color Tattoo Eyeshadows for Fall 2012 – Swatches, Review, Photos

Maybelline Barely Beige, Mossy Green, Rich Mahogany Color Tatto Cream Shadows

Maybelline Barely Beige, Mossy Green, Rich Mahogany Color Tatto Cream Shadows

Earlier today, I read on Nouveau Cheap that Maybelline has released four new, limited edition Color Tattoo cream eyeshadow shades.  I was particularly intrigued by the mention of the shade Barely Beige and the idea that it might be a dupe for MAC Painterly Paint Pot, as I’ve been wanting a skintone cream shadow to wear as a base or on it’s own.

UPDATE: Fourth shade purchases & reviewed, please see here. And, I’m doing a giveaway for a set of all four eyeshadows; go here to enter!

As I’m home today, I headed out to check out the drugstores near me. The Rite Aide just down the street didn’t have it, but the one two blocks further away had a display; it was almost empty, but had three of the limited edition shades left (there are several shades in it, but most are the permanent shades). I was able to buy three of the four new shades: Barely Beige, Mossy Green, and Rich Mahogany.  I did not buy Gold Shimmer, since there weren’t any left – I’m not sure if I would have anyway; I like gold shimmers, but I have several.

These eyeshadows are definitely limited edition, unfortunately; although the actual packaging isn’t marked LE, the shrinkwrapping is.  I do appreciate that they’re shrinkwrapped – it’s my favorite type of drugstore safety seal, since it’s so easy to see if something has been opened, but still easy to open and doesn’t leave sticky residue on the packaging.

The packaging, a small glass jar, with a screw top, is a bit bulky and heavy, but works very well for this type of product – I’m not sure that there’s something smaller that would have worked as well.

The texture of the shimmer shades of the Color Tattoo eyeshadows is very smooth and creamy.  They’re easy to blend, and I find that on me they work best as a sheer wash. I have trouble building up to the intense color you see in the swatches; if I do, they tend to get patchy on me – though some shades more than others.  Of course, this opinion is based on the shades I already own, not the new ones I bought today (see the end of the post for the shades I already own).  As a base, they last all day on me and I don’t need to use an additional primer.

And – the reason you’re probably reading this – the swatches. As always, these are swatched on bare skin.

Maybelline Barely Beige, Mossy Green, Rich Mahogany - swatches

Maybelline Barely Beige, Mossy Green, Rich Mahogany – natural light

Maybelline Barely Beige, Mossy Green, Rich Mahogany - swatches

Maybelline Barely Beige, Mossy Green, Rich Mahogany – with flash

As you can see, Barely Beige is definitely NOT a dupe for Painterly – it’s very shimmery.  If used as a base for a matte eyeshadow, the eyeshadow would appear shimmery (it creates a very pretty effect, actually; I’ve tried it with some of the other Color Tattoos).

Mossy Green is a really lovely olive green with hints of gold. I tried this one out on my eyes and I was a bit disappointed though; it seemed patchy. I’ll have to play with it more to see if I can make it work.

Rich Mahogany is a really lovely warm brown. It doesn’t seem patchy at all, but I haven’t played with it much yet.

— update! —

I took some time to play around with Mossy Green, which really is a gorgeous color.  Using it alone, it really is patchy, unfortunately – I would consider it unwearable on it’s own. I tried using my fingers and several different brushes, but just couldn’t make it work.

mossy green color tattoo

Mossy Green – patchy. Photo is not color accurate; see swatch photo.

However, it does work beautifully as a base – it brings out the green tones in whatever it is used under, and adds a really nice depth.

Here is L’Oreal Gleaming Bronze Infallible Eyeshadow alone, and then applied on top of Mossy Green.

I really love Gleaming Bronze alone – it’s one of my summer favorites – but I think I love the enhanced depth and olive tones in the second photo, over Mossy Green, even more.

— end update —

And, just for the sake of completeness – and since I’ve never swatched them for this blog – here are the rest of my color tattoos. My favorites are Bad to the Bronze and Tough as Taupe, and I generally wear both as a wash, lightly, with another shadow semi-translucently applied on top.

maybelline color tattoos


maybelline color tattoo swatches - tough as taupe, bad to the bronze, pomegranate punk, bold gold

natural light

maybelline color tattoo swatches

with flash